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Friends From Spain; What Happened With Aviaco?  
User currently offlineFly727 From Mexico, joined Jul 2003, 1789 posts, RR: 19
Posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 3156 times:

A few years ago, before the magazine Avion Review went international, I was keeping good track of Aviaco. All of a sudden it disappeared and didn't hear anything about it...

According to many, it was the "Jewel of the Crown" (referring to its good financial situation as part of the Iberia Group).

It is quiet obvious it is not still around, as the most recent picture in the site dates of -I think- 1998. What happened to it? Was it a good decision to integrate it into IB? (as I supposed it happened).

RM  Smile


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User currently offlineIBERIA747 From Spain, joined Aug 2003, 1831 posts, RR: 58
Reply 1, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 3132 times:

Fly727:

Aviaco was integrated into IB as you were thinking. No idea about the exact date but I think it was in 1998-1999. Every MD-88 in IB´s fleet are ex-Aviaco.

Saludos



¡¡VIVA ESPAÑA!!
User currently offlineACEregular From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2003, 676 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 3075 times:

All of the routes became IB routes albeit operated by the likes of Air Nostrum, and Binter etc. I remember during holidays in Ibiza watching old Aviaco DC-9s's flying over the bay all day long and that was in 98 so not long after that they must have been wholly integrated into Iberia.

User currently offlineAirsicknessbag From Germany, joined Aug 2000, 4723 posts, RR: 33
Reply 3, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 3040 times:


September 1, 1998.

After that, they were still flying in AO colours under "IB 1234 operated by Aviaco" codes, but they were already fully integrated, operationally and financially.

Whenever I was flying domestically in SPain during that time and a plane of IB proper showed up at the gate, a collective sigh of relief went through the waiting pax: "Aaah, es de Iberia!" No kidding.

Daniel Smile



User currently offlineFly727 From Mexico, joined Jul 2003, 1789 posts, RR: 19
Reply 4, posted (10 years 5 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 3017 times:

Thanks for the info guys....

What a slight change can do in the meaning of a sentence; check this out:

...a collective sigh of relief went through the waiting pax: "Aaah, es de Iberia!"

...a collective sigh went through the waiting pax: "Aargh!, es de Iberia!"

RM  Smile




There are no stupid questions... just stupid people!
User currently offlineAnxebla From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (10 years 5 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 2995 times:

The merger was in 2000. Aviaco, was 99'98% of IB and they did the secondary routes within Spain like MD), Spain">MAD-OVD, MD), Spain">MAD-LEI etc... and between MD), Spain">MAD
and smaller airports in Canary Islands like SPC (isla de La Palma, now with IB's 320) VLL-ORY (Valladolid-París) was the main international service.AO fleet was DC-9 and MD-88 (nowadays with IB)


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User currently offlineJoseMEX From Mexico, joined Oct 1999, 1539 posts, RR: 24
Reply 6, posted (10 years 5 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 2980 times:


The truth is, I flew Aviaco many times (LGW-OVD, MD), Spain">MAD-OVD,OVD-BCN,SDR-BCN) after they took IB's place in the OVD routes, and I must say they were quite good, specially after they began receiving their MD-88's (though I must admit that they had one of the ugliest liveries around).

I wouldn't mind flying them again.

[Edited 2004-04-16 06:05:15]

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